O'Reilly will run a number of "birds-of-a-feather" gatherings designed to encourage "community" at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

The sessions will be manned by "expert facilitators who know a lot about the subjects of the sessions", according to the company.

For example, the lead moderator at the Python Today session is Guido van Rossum – the man who created the Python scripting language. Other, expert-hosted, sessions will include Smart Homes, What's Hot in Open Source, Podcasting, and Advanced Scripting. Further details are available.

"The keyword is community," says O'Reilly Media's Mac Devcentre's Derrick Story. "Not only will Apple connect you to its engineers and its leader, but a whole environment is being created to immerse you in the Mac development community. Apple has spent considerable resources to make this happen," he writes.